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The digital age of innocence

Anne of Green Gables, hero to all Canadian pre-teen girls, is back in business. She’s received a bit of a…

By Shira Bick , in Blogs Fit for Consumption: A Commentary on Culture and Values , on February 11, 2008

Anne of Green Gables, hero to all Canadian pre-teen girls, is back in business.

She’s received a bit of a modern makeover, of course. According to the Vancouver Sun, a new website starring the spunky literary heroine allows girls to be part of an online community where they can interact with an animated Anne and chat with other girls from around the world.

The best part? A heavily screened registration process keeps the site free from those pesky online predators and pedophiles who strike so much fear into the hearts of parents and law enforcement officials everywhere.

I find it quite fitting that digital Anne feels so adamant about keeping her subscribers safe from the perils of the modern age. After all, she’s been delighting young female audiences since way before any nude photos of that High School Musical girl hit the internet and she does things like baking pies and attending Sunday school! Getting to know Anne is a bit like getting your innocence back, even if it’s online.

Even better, when girls are tired of staring the computer screen, they can read the free copy of Anne of Green Gables they receive in the mail when they register for the site. And when they’re finished that, they can read the new Anne of Green Gables prequel coming out this spring.

Kind of makes you want to bake a pie. You know, after you’ve downloaded a good recipe from the internet.